A New First- Skydiving

“Any idiot can fly a plane, but it takes a special kind of idiot to jump out of one.”I guess that makes me a special kind of idiot. ¬†Yesterday I finally got to live out my childhood dream and jump out of a plane! ¬†As far as I remember, from a young age I have never been scared of much (except for me being scared of dogs as a child…cmon I was like 5 and they jumped on me and my 5 year old self got scared… don’t blame me). ¬†I went on my first rollercoaster ride at 8, rode my first plane alone at 9, and now skydiving at 18. ¬†Most people live their lives wondering what could go wrong, but what if you start living asking “What could go right?” ¬†That is how I feel about all these stunts that make your heart beat a million miles a minute. ¬†If you live with the fear of what could go wrong, you’ll never truly live.

The desire to throw myself out of a plane began forming in my little brain around age 10 with the help of my cousin Megan. ¬†At that time, we decided that once we turned 18, we would go skydiving in Arkansas. ¬†Why Arkansas? ¬†Well our 10 year old selves thought Arkansas was the halfway point betwern Texas and Maine (where my cousin is from). ¬†Obviously, we weren’t very good at geography.

So no, we did not fulfill our plan of skydiving in Arkansas together, but yesterday I skydived in Maine! ¬†I have so many amazing things to say about Skydive New England. ¬†There are so many factors that make a good skydiving experience…

  1. Price-
  2. Instructor- My instructor, Scott, was amazing! ¬†He asked me lots of questions about myself and throughly explained every detail of what would be going on. ¬†He made sure I knew exactly what would be happening and how my body position would need to be. ¬†Once we were up in the plane, he continuted to talk to me and confirm I didn’t have any questions. ¬†With Scott as my instructor, I felt completely safe. ¬†After we landed at the bottom, Scott had me sign a log book and I found out I was his 17,257th jump! ¬†So I’d say he knew what he was doing.
  3. Feeling Safe- Before skydiving, you are required to take a short safety class and of course sign waivers (aka we are not responsible or liable at all if anything at all goes wrong…sucks for you). ¬†In the class, everything about the parachute backpack and back up parachute is explained. ¬†Then you can ask further questions if desired. ¬†Skydiving is incredibly safe!! ¬†Did you know that there is a better statistical chance of you getting struck by lighting and dying than you dying by skydiving? ¬†I think that is pretty incredible. ¬†Skydiving is actually so safe. ¬†Just driving your car is more dangerous than skydiving.
  4. Location- All I can say is I love you Texas, but I am glad I didn’t skydive there because the view would have been fields, fields, and more fields. ¬†But luckily, the view of Maine was incredible!! ¬†Trees and greenery everywhere and a view of the ocean. ¬†Absolutely breathtaking.
  5. Option to buy video/photos- At Skydive New England there is an option to pay extra to have a videographer jump with you! ¬†It is pricey for sure, but SO worth it. ¬†The videographer jumps just before you and your tandem instructor in order to get amazing footage. ¬†The videographer uses a gopro camera to make a video of your entire adventure. ¬†They also give you lots of pictures (I got 75.) ¬†Click Here¬†to watch my skydive video! ¬†Don’t forget to subscribe to my youtube channel to see all my latest gopro videos of my travels and adventures.

I’m not going to lie to y’all and say I wasn’t nervous because I definitely was. ¬†As the plane took off and we kept rising and rising higher and higher into the sky, ¬†I couldn’t believe the day had finally come. ¬†My instructor and I were the first ones off the plane and as I neared the edge of the plane and looked down at God’s creation below I was just speechless. ¬†I was nervous, but more excited than I was nervous. ¬†In a split second, it happened. ¬†I was in the plane one second and falling to the Earth the next second and the feeling was indescribable. ¬†All of the sudden, the wind started hitting my face at 120mph. ¬†At first I couldn’t breathe and I started freaking out, but then I just reminded myself to breathe and it was all ok. ¬†The freefall lasted an entire minute, but that minute went by so fast! ¬†All of the sudden, Scott was pulling the parachute and my hearing slowly started coming back to me. ¬†Then I could really take in the view and just say “Wow”.

Would I do it again? ¬†Heck yes. ¬†Next time, I’ll be more prepared and ready to pose for the camera.


Texan On The GoūüĆé

P.S. ¬†Finally checked this one off my bucket list‚úÖ ¬†What’s on your bucket list??

P.P.S.  Shoutout to the fam bam for doing it with me!  My dad, Uncle Rod, & Cousins Sarah, Katie, ZacX2, and Will!

6 thoughts on “A New First- Skydiving

  1. Yes my daughter is nuts at times, but I’m glad she convinced me to do it with her. I am not adventurous and would not have ever ever done this if not for her and my brother’s arm twisting. But it was a blast and so glad I got to create this memory with Kaylee and my oldest brother Rod. Love y’all!!!

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